On the remote world of Tarvuli the mighty Graaven Empire has fallen into ruin, destroyed by an alien force whose presence threatens cosmic balance.
Menkh Ab Dur, deposed Emperor, last and greatest Graaven general has fled the capital along with warriors of the élite Imperial Guard and a mass of refugees, in an effort to escape the holocaust. Relentlessly pursued by those they have christened the Dorath Mar, Menkh himself is dying from a malignant growth. The Graaven race stands on the brink of annihilation.
Robert C Littlewood
Robert C Littlewood was born in Catford in the Borough of Lewisham, London. He emigrated to Australia with his family arriving in 1964 initially in Perth, Western Australia.
He has a deep and abiding love for the genres of science fiction and fantasy, so decided, like one of his literary heroes, CS Lewis, that he wanted to write the kind of novel he would like to read himself.
"Deviance is an intelligent, fantasy novel that explores the values of a society, which although set on a different world and in a different time, is very relatable in human terms. The author, Rob Littlewood, creates in depth characters who display human qualities and human traits. The names used for the characters, and some of the language are very different and can be quite confusing; however Littlewood may have anticipated this and has provided a welcome glossary of names and terms with explanations at the beginning of Deviance.
The novel leads the reader on a journey through adversity to a potentially brighter future. Littlewood spares the reader the ‘blood, guts and gore’ that some other novels subject us to, yet we do get a sense of the horrific negative actions of war. The theme of ‘survival’ is a strong focus.
The feeling of hope is very strong and I think there’s a little of Menkh in all of us."
- Ollie Maratea
"Look forward to the next book"
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